News Archive

Saturday May 7th 2022. "The Well"

Presented by "Safer by Sound" & "Inspiring Leith"

A place for anyone to come and enjoy an evening out in a safe environment with a warm welcome. There is live music and spoken word with refreshments.

From 7pm until back of 9pm - Donations welcome


Safer by Sound and Inspiring Leith set up The Well as an opportunity for performer who would normally not get the chance to show their creativity in a public setting.

This is not just any old open mic night. Safer by Sound run creative workshops in performing disciplines to give folk confidence and mix with other creative people we then give folk the chance to perform if they wish to. There is no pressure. Its always a joy to see people's faces light up when they receive the applause and support of the audience. Please support us in this endeavor. Big thanks to St James.

Phil.

Future dates:

Saturday June 4th, Saturday July 9th, Saturday August 6th.

Friday 29th April 7- 8pm: Celebration of Desmond Tutu.

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral: Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AW

All are welcome to come along for a celebration of Desmond Tutu which will include Rev John Bell leading songs and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Lord Jim Wallace, speaking. There will be representatives of different faiths and denominations involved.

A workshop prior to the event led by John Bell from the Iona Community will be held in the Cathedral from 5-6 pm to learn South African Freedom songs which will be sung during the celebration. Sign-up to the workshop on Eventbrite.

For more details, contact the Edinburgh Interfaith Association by emailing info@eifa.org.uk


POSTPONED! (New date tbc). Mario Caribé’s "Fret"

Presented by Jazz at St James

EventBrite Tickets Here

7.30pm (doors 7pm) Tickets £12 Plus booking fee from Eventbrite

Sao Paolo-born bassist Mario Caribé has been a major presence on the Scottish music scene since he moved here to study in 1996. He has worked with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and klezmer adventurers Moishe’s Bagel, as well as playing innumerable sideman dates across a spectrum of styles, and his latest band, Fret complements outfits including Boteco Trio and the Crusaders Time Machine.

Inspired by Bass Desires, the group bassist Marc Johnson formed with guitarists Bill Frisell and John Scofield, Fret mixes fiery attack with considered compositions and strong rhythmic underpinning.

Guitarists Graeme Stephen and Kevin Mackenzie are distinctive musical personalities with a similar sense of enquiry to the Frisell-Scofield axis while the understanding that Caribé and drummer Tom Bancroft have developed over the years with the Playtime cooperative is supportive and propellant as the music requires.

Expect indelible melodies, brilliantly creative improvisation, reflective soundscapes and grooving music with a real energetic lift.

Saturday April 2nd 2022. "The Well"

Presented by "Safer by Sound" & "Inspiring Leith"

A place for anyone to come and enjoy an evening out in a safe environment with a warm welcome. There is live music and spoken word with refreshments.

From 7pm until back of 9pm - Donations welcome

Safer by Sound and Inspiring Leith set up The Well as an opportunity for performer who would normally not get the chance to show their creativity in a public setting.

This is not just any old open mic night. Safer by Sound run creative workshops in performing disciplines to give folk confidence and mix with other creative people we then give folk the chance to perform if they wish to. There is no pressure. Its always a joy to see people's faces light up when they receive the applause and support of the audience. Please support us in this endeavor.

Big thanks to St James.

Phil.

Saturday March 26th 2022: Alan Benzie's Piano Playlist

Presented by Jazz at St James

One of the UK’s leading pianists Alan Benzie brings the latest instalment of his Piano Playlist programme to Jazz at St James.

Eventbrite Tickets Here

Benzie was the first recipient of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, aged seventeen in 2017 and went on to study at Berklee School of Music, where he won the prestigious Billboard Award.

He has recorded two enthusiastically received albums with his international trio and works regularly with the Glasgow-based funk-folk-jazz collective Fat-Suit as well as guitarist Joe Williamson’s Animal Society.

For his Piano Playlist, Benzie will lead a trio of fellow Scots comprising top young bassist Ewan Hastie and superb drummer Stephen Henderson, from the Fergus McCreadie Trio. They’ll be featuring the music of some of Benzie’s favourite pianists, including Fred Hersch, Marcin Wasilewski, Brad Mehldau, John Taylor, Aaron Parks and Jacob Karlzon.

Doors 0pen 7.00pm

For people with disabilities - free ticket for carer. Contact organiser for details.

Saturday 12th March 2022: MUSIC ART SOUP

5:00pm - 9:00pm

MUSIC ART SOUP - Bringing all the greatest things in life into one evening; live music, local art and soup! All in support of Refugee Women Connect - a charity supporting women asylum-seekers, refugees, and survivors of trafficking.

Buy your tickets on eventbrite at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/music-art-soup-raising-money-for-refugee-women-connect-tickets-288728463607

MUSIC ART SOUP is excited to welcome the following musicians:

Jemima Thewes - An enveloping folksy fusion of dark songs and bright rhythms, evoking highland landscapes, the underworld and transformation. Jemima and her band charm you along a cathartic, spell-binding and life-affirming journey.

Sam Gillespie - combines visionary, lyrical song writing, intricate fingerstyle guitar and a soaring voice. In performance his songs are animated by a sensitivity and energy that respond dynamically to the listeners and the moment, opening up the space for magic to happen. Sam plays with his brother as The Brothers Gillespie.

Kuchke - An all female, predominantly vocal group who create polyphonic harmonies inspired by the Balkans.

Ruby Geddes - Dark Blue-Green Folk. Ruby sings soft lyrical songs for time, home, Spring, rocks and water, all as a means to explore the mistier elements of human experience and mystic elements of nature. Sharing songs from an upcoming album with the incredible Lady Incarnate & BamJam records!

Fabienne Rorke - Evocative and mystical melodies brought together with a rhythmic layer of finger-picked guitar. Growing up in the North Yorks Moors, Fabienne spent her youth supporting artists such as Meg Baird and Alessi's Ark. She is back with new songs just for you!

Friday 11th March 2022: "All in the band"!

7:30 - 9:30pm FREE ENTRY

Come and join hosts Suzanne Butler and Sally Jaquet for a fun, no-pressure night of singing, playing and socialising as a group. We'll be using easy, feel-good tunes from folk, pop and gospel traditions. All welsome!


Tea, coffee and cake provided. B.Y.O.B. (if you like)

For more information contact music(at)stjamesleith.org.uk

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT NEW CHURCH OFFICE EMAIL ADDRESS

We have recently introduced a new email address for contacting the "church office" which is churchoffice(at)stjamesleith.org.uk, At the same time, the address vestry(at)stjamesleith.org.uk is being retired.

We will be using this new address for sending out general communications (like the weekly newsletter and the weekly details for joining us online). Because these typically include "blind copies" to hide the long list of personal addresses they are prone to be judged as possible spam or junk mail by your email program . Adding churchoffice(at)stjamesleith.org.uk to your email contacts should help with this by identifying the address as someone you "know".

Please also check your junk/spam email folder for any of these messages. Your email program may have a facility to mark messages therein as "not spam".

Thank you for bearing with us on this.

webadmin(at)stjamesleith.org.uk

Saturday 5 March 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm) "Jazz at St James"

Team Talk

Hammond B-3 grooves, masterful drumming and outstanding alto sax from sparkling trio bridging the generations of Scottish Jazz.

Tickets from Eventbrite https://tinyurl.com/y23jdsf3

Paul Harrison’s new band, Team Talk brings together two generations of outstanding Scottish jazz talent. Alongside Paul, with the Hammond B-3 sounds that he is passionate about, are Scotland’s – and arguably the UK’s – top drummer, Alyn Cosker, and one of the freshest, most exciting saxophonists to emerge in recent times, altoist Norman Willmore.

Paul’s knowledge of the jazz canon has been rewarded with the Best Pianist title at the Scottish Jazz Awards and seen him playing concerts with sax legend Dave Liebman at the heart of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He is a master of the organ trio and his ability to create original sounds has been a highlight of bands including Trianglehead and his own, sonically adventurous Sugarwork.

As well as being the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s resident drummer, Alyn leads his own exciting band and has worked with LA session master, guitarist Larry Carlton, Brian Kellock, Kevin Mackenzie and Paul Towndrow. Shetland-born Norman made a great impression with his debut album, Alive and Well at the Muckle Roe Hall, receiving radio plays and ringing endorsements from Canada to Australia;

with his recent Celtic Connections performance being highly-praised.

Playing music specially composed for these personnel, Team Talk promises a session full of skill, imagination and finely honed teamwork.

Jazz at St James presents a solo performance by Tommy Smith.

Saturday 12 February 2022; 7.30pm (doors 7.00pm); £15.00 plus bf, from Eventbrite.

An entirely acoustic concert by one of the world's leading saxophonists, drawing on jazz, folk, classical, and praise song traditions.

Tommy Smith is one of the world's leading tenor players, having worked with many jazz greats such as Gary Burton, Chick Corea, JacoPastorius, John Scofield, Randy Brecker and Jack DeJohnette - and recorded for the definitive Blue Note jazz label. Founding director of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and leader of the internationally-admired jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he is a professor, he also tours the world as part of the Arild Andersen Trio, which records for the ECM record label.

Smith's solo acoustic concerts feature spontaneously chosen melodies, and highlight his wonderful tone production and consummate improvising capabilities.

'haunting, beautiful stuff' –Jazzwise


Here’s a short video clip of Tommy Smith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgDVgIHUofA

26 January - An Online Zoom Workshop Series:

The Symbolic Meaning and Significance of the Enneagram for the Future of Humanity.

Facilitator: Ken Webb.

Dates: Wednesdays, 26 January, 2, 9, 23 February, 2, 9, 30 March 2022.

Time: 7pm-9pm (UK time).

For a full description and further information please follow this link.

SATURDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

10.30am Christmas Cake making workshop (Zoom event)

What better way to mark the beginning of the season than by making your Christmas cake in the company of others! This year we will assemble our cakes on Zoom - providing your own ingredients and oven, but smashing it all together in the usual chaotic and happy fashion. No previous skill or experience needed! Sign up and you will get a list of ingredients and utensils to assemble, and we will attempt to make the ultimate Christmas Cake from the comfort of our own kitchens.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-cake-making-online-tickets-207812110617

CANCELLED! 2.00pm Coorie-In at The Croft:

Due to severe weather warnings this event has had to be cancelled

The Croft 'Coorie-in' is an exciting community day hosted by Earth In Common on Leith Community Croft. We want to create a warm inviting space to come together and embrace our community for a better and more just future for all! Come and warm yourselves up at our St Andrews Day themed Coorie-in where you'll find: workshops, a craft corner where we'll be making Scottish themed art, flea market stalls, local organisations discussing their work, and finishing with a Ceilidh from Leith's Red Hot Ceilidh band - Flamin' Nora!"

7.30pm Spoken Word Night with Harry Baker

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spoken-word-night-with-harry-baker-tickets-198841519337

This evening of crafted, thought-provoking and hilarious entertainment is presented by St James Adventfest. We are excited to welcome World Poetry Slam Champion Harry Baker - well known across the UK through sell-out shows, radio and TV appearances, and his unique online presence. Also featuring poet and wordsmith Elspeth Murray, Big Word Slam Champion Richard Medrington, emerging talent Odhran Thomson, with music from house band 'The Light Touch'.

“Harry Baker’s intricate, quick-fire rhymes have always been on the impressive side of mind-blowing” - The Scotsman

This event is suitable for ages 14+. There will be a 'donations' bar with beer, wine and soft drinks. All profit from the evening will be donated to local charity ‘Earth in Common’

SUNDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

11.00am Adventfest Service

Come and join with the St James community, in an all-age worship service to mark the start of Advent. Seasonal colour, creativity, music and song will enrich the experience, helping us to reflect on life and faith as the church year draws to a close.

9.00 pm Compline (Via Zoom)

A contemplative evening service, creating space for meditation and prayer

You can donwload the compline liturgy here.

After a recent service looking at the prophetic imperative to speak truth to power it seems an apt time to post some information about COP26.

It is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to support such a vital movement seeking a more sustainable world and future.

Below is a summary of all the different aspects of St. James' involvement. Please read it through carefully and if you would like to help or be involved in any way there are various links and people to contact.

With Warmest Wishes, Iain.

Interfaith Pilgrimage: We were delighted to be able to invite some of the pilgrims to our Sunday morning hybrid service on October 24th where two of them shared with our community. Check out our podcast for an edited audio recording of that service. https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-a327u-11131eb

Here is the St James contribution to the banner, now in place on the front of "New College" in Edinburgh

BIG SING!

On Saturday 6th November a number of St James folk were involved in "The Big Sing" arranged by the Iona community outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh

Some of us were also present at the COP26 demonstrations in Glasgow the same day..

Greta Thunberg, Vanessa Nakate, Dominika Lasota, and Mitzi Tan are sending this urgent call to world leaders to finally face up to the climate emergency.

Let's all join them -- sign with your email address.

Click on the image here.

Homestay Network: Finally thousands of activists, delegates and visitors are looking for affordable accommodation so COP26 Homestay are asking if people could register as hosts. The platform works like AirBnB, where hosts create profiles listing spare rooms, sofas or a bit of floor (or even spare houses!), and guests get in touch to ask whether they can stay. Hosts can charge a small fee per night, or list a space for free. The Homestay Network can be found here: https://www.humanhotel.com/cop26/ and potential hosts can register here.